Katie Murdoch, Executive Director

151 years ago this month, an Englishman named Charles Vivian came to New York and started a social club with his theatrical friends called the “Jolly Corks” purely for amusement purposes. When one of their members died and left behind a wife and young children, the Jolly Corks decided that along with fellowship, they needed to bring more meaning to their club through serving those in need. It was then that the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks was established, and Vivian was elected as its first leader.
As we enter into the 151st year, I ask you to reflect upon the benevolence that this very organization was founded upon and consider supporting Arizona Elks Major Projects in our efforts to better the lives of children across our great state through the Steele Children’s Research Center and the Jack C. Warter Youth Camp. What better way to kick off this monumental year than to look back on our history and make our founders proud! If you would like to donate to AEMP and contribute to our mission of improving the lives of children, contact us at or (520)-326-0556.
Happy 151st Anniversary to my fellow Elks! I say this often but it truly is an honor to be an Elk with you!